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Great Quotes

Did your loved one have a favorite quote or saying? Is there a quote you feel sums up his or her personality or that encompasses all your loved one believed in or aspired to?

A famous quote can be a good way to start off a eulogy, to segue from the eulogy to the liturgy or as a way to round out the funeral service, i.e. a parting thought. The idea in using a quote is to provide a perspective that relatable and familiar, in addition to it representing some aspect of your loved one's personality.

Quotes can be gleaned from any number of sources such as the writings of famous authors, poets, philosophers, politicians, religious figures and scientists. They can also come from historical documents, sacred texts, songs and famous speeches.

What is the best way to find just the right quote? Do a web search for quotes by a favorite person, or about a place, thing or historical event that was of interest to your loved one. Examples: "funniest quotes from Mark Twain," "best quotes about Chicago," "best quotes from the 60's," "quotes about death from the bible," etc. A more targeted search will bring you closer to finding the right material than browsing an online database of quotes.

"Give every day the chance to be the most beautiful in your life." Mark Twain

"I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land." Harriet Tubman

"Never trouble another for what you can do yourself." Thomas Jefferson

"“I don't believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely accidental and random." Helen Mirren


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